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It is nice to see the NFL so religious, however . . .

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Followers maintain a candlelight vigil for Buffalo Payments security Damar Hamlin at College of Cincinnati Medical Heart on Jan. 3, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and is in crucial situation following the Payments’ Monday Night time Soccer recreation in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals. |

It’s fantastic to see so many NFL gamers and coaches and sports activities commentators praying overtly and unashamedly. And within the aftermath of the occasions of the Buffalo Payments recreation on Sunday, a recreation dedicated to their very own Damar Hamlin (the topic of all of the aforementioned prayers) and a recreation marked by two kickoff return touchdowns, some spoke overtly about divine intervention.

On the subject of the primary landing return, which was the very first play of the sport following a tribute to Hamlin, Payments quarterback Josh Allen mentioned, “It was simply religious. I used to be going round and—I used to be simply going round to my teammates saying, ‘God’s actual.’ Like, you possibly can’t, you possibly can’t draw that one up, write that one up any higher.”

Allen added (whereas carrying a cap with Hamlin’s jersey quantity 3), “I used to be simply instructed by [Bills communications director] Kevin Kearns, it has been three years and three months—because the final kickoff [Bills] come again, so, it is fairly cool.”

I even noticed a TV clip the place one of many commentators attributed the 2 landing returns to divine intervention, with the opposite commentators expressing their settlement.

As for Hamlin, who continues to make a outstanding (and even miraculous?) restoration, he tweeted, “GameDay… Nothing I Need Extra Than To Be Working Out That Tunnel With My Brothers. God Utilizing Me In A Totally different Means Immediately. Inform Somebody You Love Them Immediately!”

As for the putting indisputable fact that it was three months and three days because the final kickoff returned for a landing, he tweeted“God Behind All This No Coincidence,” adopted by his quantity 3.

It actually does appear that God is utilizing Hamlin’s brush with dying, which passed off on reside TV and captivated the nation, to remind us of the facility of prayer, of the frailty of life, and of the truth of God. I wrote about this in my article, “In Instances of Disaster People Pray.”

And Hamlin, true to his character, is doing his greatest to unfold a message of affection, tweeting“Headed house to Buffalo in the present day with numerous love on my coronary heart.

“Watching the world come collectively round me on Sunday was actually an incredible feeling.

“The identical love you all have proven me is identical love that I plan to place again into the world n extra.

Larger than soccer!

He is taking sensible steps to unfold this love as nicely, fund-raising for first responders, the very individuals who saved his life.

All that is good and constructive, and in some ways, this may very well be just the start of a good looking redemptive story.

However there are actually extra issues we ought to be praying for in terms of Hamlin and the NFL, particularly, the religious situation of the women and men who’re praying and speaking about religion.

Do all of them know the Lord personally and intimately? Have they been remodeled by His love and style from him? Are they followers of Jesus or just individuals who acknowledge that, in instances of disaster, we have to look to God?

To be clear, I do not ask these questions in a crucial or condemning manner. That is the final thought on my thoughts.

I used to be simply reminded of those realities after I noticed the tweet that Hamlin despatched out after the opening kickoff return. It merely mentioned: “OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Now, right me if I am improper, however to my information, that doesn’t stand for, “Oh my, Father God!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (At current, the tweet has 23.1 million views and 390.9 likes.)

Maybe a few of those that are overtly praying and even pointing to divine intervention may use a deeper understanding of who God is? Maybe recognizing His existence and energy and actuality and care is simply step one on the religious journey? Maybe there additionally must be a recognition of our personal sin, an understanding of why Jesus died for us, and the total give up of our lives to Him?

That is why it was fantastic to see former NFL star (and unashamed Christian) Ben Watson inform CNN’s Anderson Cooper the entire story.

He mentioned, “These instances carry us face-to-face with our personal mortality. All of us have a day to be born, and all of us have a day to die.”

Sure, “On the flip facet with such a tragic occasion, there’s super alternative.”

And so, he concluded, “A part of my prayers proper now, Anderson, is for the gamers in each of these locker rooms, for the chaplains who I do know very nicely — who’re proper now counseling and comforting gamers who noticed a brother in a near-death expertise and who continues to be combating for his life – as a result of the questions on what occurs after this life, the place will you spend eternity… are arising for all of us, not only for the soccer gamers.

“However thank God that he supplies a solution via his Son, Jesus Christ.”

Could the open present of spirituality that has immediately emerged throughout the nation, receiving widespread reward moderately than criticism, proceed to develop till tens of millions have come to know Jesus for themselves.

Dr. Michael Brown( is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fireplace radio program. His newest guide by him is Revival Or We Die: A Nice Awakening Is Our Solely Hope. Join with him on Fb, Twitteror YouTube.

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